REMINDER: Fotofest 2008 “MEETING PLACE” Applications Close July 8

I know many of you are considering applying for the 2008 Fotofest portfolio review event entitled THE MEETING PLACE. Event dates are March 7-20th; I want to encourage you to apply ASAP. While the deadline for applications is several weeks away, should the acceptances be allocated by lottery (if oversubscribed when the applications begin to be processed on July 9th), the waiting list will be constructed by the date your application was received.

Click here to download the registration form for the 2008 Meeting Place.

Fotofest has posted “ADVICE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS ATTENDING THE MEETING PLACE” that I have drafted for all of you considering attending – I want you to make the most of your investment!

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING:
In addition to selecting which of the 4- or 6-day review dates you prefer to apply to, remember to take into consideration the educational offerings that will take place during The Meeting Place. I am proud to have been working with Fotofest for many years now to help coordinate these affiliated educational events, for which we have the amazing pool of talented international Reviewers to tap as speakers! These programs are both held at the Doubletree Downtown Houston, where the reviews are happpening; I urge you to plan now to attend and make your hotel reservations at the Doubletree Downtown accordingly!

On MARCH 11th, between portfolio review blocks one and two:

Art Makers and Career Builders
Coordinated by Mary Virginia Swanson and FotoFest
Tuesday March 11, 2008 – Doubletree Hotel, Houston Downtown
This one-day Educational Seminar offers participants the opportunity to learn from artists and key decision-makers about building a career as an artist. Members of the arts industry will benefit by getting an overview of different market areas that can increase the impact of their activities.

The Seminar will feature speakers from diverse areas of the photography field – including Commercial Galleries, Museums and Non-profit Art Spaces, Festivals and Biennials, Corporate Art Collections , Commercial Photo Agencies. Successful photographers will speak about how they have built their own careers.

On MARCH 16th, between portfolio review blocks two and three:

Publishing Photo Books Today – From Traditional Presses to Self-Publishing
Coordinated by Mary Virginia Swanson and Darius Himes, Editor, Photo-Eye Booklist
Sunday March 16, 2008 – Doubletree Hotel, Houston Downtown
This one-day workshop gives participants interested in having a book publication of their photographs an inside look at the publishing world and different options for book publishing. Covering diverse aspects of the book industry, it looks at the processes and costs of getting a book published, through traditional publishers, self-publishing, on-line publishing, and print-on-demand. It also looks at how to market books and includes case studies presented by artists.

Panelist invited will represent different areas of the photo book industry, as well as successful artists presenting recent experiences in publishing.

Admission to the educational events will be open to the public and will have a separate admission fee TBD.

See you in Houston in March 2008!

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